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Medical Center Navicenthealth - Palliative Care Counselor Resume Example

Alexa Coleman
Professional Summary

Seasoned Palliative Care Counselor with 19 years of experience in psychotherapy and medical counseling fields. Excellent critical thinking and coordination skills. Track record of achieving results in medical family therapy and mentoring counselors and interns. 

  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Instructing
  • Coordination
Palliative Care Counselor May 2007Present Medical Center NavicentHealth Macon, GA
  • Prepare and daily update patient list for Palliative Care Service clinicians and counselors.
  • Organize overnight referrals for counselors. 
  • Assist Palliative Care Clinicians  - determine and locate legal next of kin, determine status of and assist completion of Advance Directives, provide preliminary education regarding code status.
  • Obtain information about patients' functional status prior to hospitalization. 
  • Discover patients'/families' understanding of patients' medical conditions and disease processes 
  • Provide emotional support for patients/families making decisions regarding catastrophic and life limiting illnesses.
  • Work complex cases which require collaboration with Adult Protective Services and court appearances to assist with determination of need for and appointment of Legal Guardianship for patients.
  • Schedule, coordinate and facilitate family meetings with attending/consulting physicians and patients/families.
  • Build collaborative relationships with Attending, Neurology, Neurosurgery, Trauma, and Critical Care physicians. 
  • Assist in educating medical residents about the process of brain death determination.
  • Assist physicians, patients and families with completion of Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment.
  • Help collect necessary signatures/email addresses to win JACHO survey fee from LIVESTRONG Foundation. 
  • Represent Palliative Counselors (elected by them) in the Palliative Care Leadership Group in preparation for JACHO certification. 
  • Develop standardized assessment and interventions for anxiety and grief of patients and family members. 
  • Assist in training new Palliative Counselors and MFT Interns. 
  • Provide Palliative Care Education in community church seminar. 
  • Help create and present posters for Center to Advance Palliative Care conferences.
  • Present PowerPointe presentations at LifeLink Collaboratives.
  • Present PowerPointe presentation at Georgia Hospice and Palliative Care Organization.
  • Present PowerPointe presentation at VHA Palliative Care Collaborative. 
  • Participate in Neuro Intensive Care Unit Case Study Panel and Ethics and Palliative Care Panel during ANCC Magnet Survey. 
  • Represent Palliative Counselors at PinePointe Hospice and Palliative Care Service Line Retreat.
  • Provide Palliative Care education at Nursing Orientation.
Marriage and Family Therapist Sep 2003May 2007 Crossroads Counseling Center/Contract Work Macon, GA
  • Perform intake assessments.
  • Carry caseload of individuals, couples and families.
  • Engage in community psychoeducation. 
  • Facilitate and participate in workshops. 
Transitions Counselor Apr 2006Apr 2007 Medical Center of Central Georgia/Contract Work Macon, GA
  • Member of Palliative Care Consult Team/attend and contribute to staff meetings.
  • Assess, educate and provide interventions with patients and families throughout hospital.
  • Provide emotional support to patients and families during life limiting illnesses, at the end of life and during the dying process.
  • Educate patients/families about community counseling resources and appropriately match counseling resources to patients'/families' needs. 
  • Assist physician-patient/family meetings concerning medical goals of care. 
  • Provide support for physicians/medical staff-debrief after difficult deaths, codes, etc.
Behavioral Science Consultant Oct 2005Dec 2006 Family Health Center/Contract Work Macon, GA Perform family assessments.
Design and implemented treatment plans.
Carry caseload of individual patients, couples, and families.
Collaborate with referring physicians regarding patients' care.
Assist Clinical Director with training of Marriage and Family Therapy Interns. 
Assist Clinical Director in Behavioral Science  training of Family Practice residents.
Plan, design and teach behavioral science seminars for residents and medical students.
Round with residents and medical students at MCCG-assess psycho/social needs and concerns of patients.
Provide support to resident and faculty physicians. 
Family Advocate/Contract/PRN Apr 1996Aug 2003 Applied Behavioral Care Macon, GA
  • Perform family assessment for In-Home Crisis Program
  • Provide In-Home crisis interventions with families.
  • In-Home Counseling with abusive parents and their children. 
  • Teach and model parenting skills. 
Executive Secretary Oct 1990Mar 1996 Barnes Exterminating Company, Inc. Macon, GA
  • Perform clerical duties and correspondence.
  • Assist in supervising and scheduling routes for technicians.
  • Perform light bookkeeping.
  • Train new employees.
  • Field phone calls.
Master of Science: Master of Family Therapy Jul 2001 Mercer University School of Medicine Macon, GA GPA 4.0
Bachelor of Science: Human Services/Minor Psychology Mar 1996 Mercer University Macon, GA GPA 3.96
President's List 7 terms
Dean's List 8 terms
Community Service
Vestry Member, Middle School Youth Leader, Flower Guild, Lector, Pastoral Care, Lay Eucharistic Minister, Saint Francis Episcopal Church,     2004-Present
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Georgia, 2005-Present
Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, 2011-2013
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Previous Companies:

  • Medical Center NavicentHealth
  • Crossroads Counseling Center
  • Contract Work

Previous Job Positions:

  • Palliative Care Counselor
  • Marriage and Family Therapist
  • Transitions Counselor
  • Behavioral Science Consultant
  • Family Advocate


  • Mercer University School of Medicine
  • Mercer University

Level of Education:

  • Master of Science
  • Bachelor of Science

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